S. Korea sends anti-piracy troops to Gulf of Aden

Yonhap News Agency reports that South Korea has sent its 15th group of troops to the Gulf of Aden today as part of its continuing support for anti-piracy operations in the region. 

The troops are part of a 300-strong contingent including a destroyer, which left from the southern port city of Busan for a six-month tour of duty. They are anticipated to arrive in the area in a month’s time.

South Korea has had a militiary presence in the region since 2009 as part of an international naval effort to reduce piracy off the coast of Somalia. The force includes a Navy SEAL team, Marines and Navy pilots. In 2012, Navy commandos from the same unit rescued a South Korean freighter which had been hijacked by pirates, rescuing all 21 crew and killing eight pirates during the assault.